OECD Economic Studies

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1609-7491 (online)
0255-0822 (print)
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OECD Economic Studies is the twice-yearly journal of the OECD Economics Department. It features articles in the area of applied macroeconomics and statistical analysis, generally with an international or cross-country dimension. Articles are derived from work of the Organization’s intergovernmental committees, including areas of work outside the Economics Department’s focus. Now published as a part of the OECD Journal.

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Volume 2006, Issue 1 You do not have access to this content

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28 May 2007
Also available in: French

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  28 May 2007 Click to Access:  The determinants of unemployment across OECD countries
Andrea Bassanini, Romain Duval
Andrea Bassanini and Romain Duval are economists at the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs and the OECD Economics Department, respectively. Catherine Chapuis-Grabiner, Sébastien Martin and Rebecca Oyomopito provided excellent research assistance. Comments from Sveinbjorn Blöndal, Wendy Carlin, Jean-Philippe Cotis, Martine Durand, Jorgen Elmeskov, Michael P. Feiner, David Howell, Etienne Lehmann, Edmond Malinvaud, John P. Martin, Giuseppe Nicoletti, Stefano Scarpetta, Paul Swaim, Raymond Torres and participants to the joint WP1/WP5 EPC-ELSAC meeting in Paris, January 2006, and the Séminaire Fourgeaud, Paris, May 2006, are also gratefully acknowledged. Any errors are the responsibilities of the authors alone. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the OECD or of its member countries.
  28 May 2007 Click to Access:  An empirical investigaton of political economy factors behind structural reforms in OECD countries
Jens Høj, Vincenzo Galasso, Giuseppe Nicoletti, Thai-Thanh Dang
This paper was originally prepared for the OECD Working Party No. 1 under the authority of the OECD’s Economic Policy Committee. Jens Høj and Giuseppe Nicoletti work for the OECD Economics Department as a senior economist in the Country Studies Branch and as Head of the Structural Policy Analysis Division 1, respectively. Vincenzo Galasso is an Associate Professor of Economics at Università Bocconi in Italy and Thai-Thang Dang is a private sector consultant. The authors wish to thank Jean Philippe Cotis, Jørgen Elmeskov, Michael P. Feiner, Christopher Heady, Nick Johnstone and many other colleagues in the OECD Economics Department as well as representatives from OECD member countries for useful comments on a previous version of the paper.
  28 May 2007 Click to Access:  Time as a trade barrier
Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås
This article builds on and extends the quantitative part of OECD Trade Policy Working Paper No 35 co-authored by Enrico Pinali and Massimo Geloso-Grosso. The Working Paper includes detailed case studies as well as a discussion of specific GATS issues related to the logistics services sector. The author would like to thank Dale Andrew, Henk Kox and Delegates to the Working Party of the Trade Committee for useful comments on the Working Paper and Paul Swaim and Mark Pearson for useful comments and suggestions on this version. The usual disclaimer applies.
  28 May 2007 Click to Access:  Environmental policy, management and R&D
Nick Johnstone, Julien Labonne
The authors would like to thank Chris Heady (OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs) and Dirk Pilat (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry) for valuable comments on an earlier draft of the paper. In addition, the contributions from all of our colleagues on the OECD Project on "Environmental Policy and Firm-Level Management" are gratefully acknowledged. (See Johnstone 2006 and www.oecd.org/env/cpe/firms for a full list of contributors and other outputs from the project.) In particular the insights of Toshi Arimura (Department of Economics, Sophia University, Japan) in the area of research and development have been extremely valuable.
  28 May 2007 Click to Access:  Does distance matter?
Bryn Battersby
The author is grateful to Jyoti Rahman, David Gruen, Lewis Evans, Ben Dolman, Robert Ewing, Graeme Davis, Janine Murphy, Gene Tunny, Dave Turner and Sveinbjörn Blöndal for helpful comments in preparing this paper. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Treasury or the Australian Government.
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